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As we enter a new month (how is it November already?), it’s time
for me to share what Strengths work I have been doing during October.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been working on my Unrealised
Strengths. These are strengths that give me energy but which I’m not using at
the moment. These are our hidden talents which we could use more.
In September I dusted off my “Narrator” strength which you can
read about here if you missed it. In October, I decided to shine a light on my Unrealised
Strength of “Legacy”. This is defined as:
“I care deeply about future
generations and seek to leave a Legacy through what I do. I enjoy working on
things that make a difference and will have a positive impact on others. In
whatever I do, I want to ensure that I create something that will outlast me
and continues to make a positive contribution after I’ve gone.”
This is an interesting definition because not all of it
immediately resonated with me. The second sentence certainly did “click”
straightaway but the concept of creating something that will outlast me has
never really crossed my mind.
I decided that this strength needed some reflection about what
Legacy means to me. To keep it front of mind, I posted my monthly strength as
an ongoing event in my Outlook calendar so that I saw it every time I opened my
calendar, I weaved it into any coaching I received or journaling I was doing
and I stuck it by my desk on a Post-It note: “Legacy”…
My aim was to finish the month with a clear idea of:
Because Legacy is sitting in my Unrealised Strengths, I already
know that its current usage is low. However, that second sentence certainly
resonates with my purpose of enabling people to create more meaning and
fulfilment in their careers.
It’s interesting to reflect that I last did my Strengths Profile
in May 2020 when we were a couple of months into the Coronavirus lockdown. I
was just starting with a group coaching programme for people who were looking
for a new job, most of them due to redundancy.
As I continued with this programme, I felt compelled to support
more people than is possible via a group coaching programme. I pivoted my focus
for the summer in order to create an online programme for job seekers that
could be accessed by anyone at any time and at an affordable price. Perhaps
this was my Legacy strength creeping in a bit.
Whilst I am really pleased with what I achieved with the online
programme, I do not believe that this is the work that will outlive me, not
least because the process of finding a job changes so rapidly with
technological advancements that this particular programme will be obsolete in
the future. So, what could it be that will outlast me?
I came up with a few ideas:
Alongside these ideas that are related to my work, bubbled a
reconnection with a latent passion of mine about the environment and
sustainability. I will hold my hand up as one of the many that “do a bit” for
the environment but could definitely do more.
These reflections have come at a good time for me as I am starting
to forward plan for my business in 2021. I will be sitting down with my
business coach in the next few days and we will be looking at what I want the
business to look like in five and ten years’ time. I am going to bring these
ideas with me to see where I can be taking action to re-engage my Legacy
If you or someone you know would be interested in my
comprehensive online programme for job seekers, you can find out more here.
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